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April 27, 2013 10:55 AM   Subscribe

Layton Kor, one of the world's most prolific and admired rock climbers, has died.

Layton Kor died on April 21 at the age of 74 after battling kidney failure and prostrate cancer. Layton's first ascents blanket every corner of Colorado, the desert southwest, and Yosemite, including many of the most distinguished routes in the world, e.g., Yellow Wall on Longs Peak, The Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon, Yellow Spur in Eldorado Canyon, Kor-Ingalls Route on Castleton Tower, Finger of Fate in the Fisher Towers, West Butress on El Capitan.

Cameron Burns, Kor's biographer, said, “If Layton got a nickel for every person who ever climbed one of his routes, he’d have been a wealthy man.”
posted by gruchall (10 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by humanfont at 11:01 AM on April 27, 2013


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posted by Anitanola at 12:22 PM on April 27, 2013


Bummer. I heard many a story of epic climbs from one of his former climbing partners. RIP Layton
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posted by dbmcd at 12:46 PM on April 27, 2013


I guess it's "nice" to hear of a climber dying of somewhat natural causes for a change.

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posted by bondcliff at 12:50 PM on April 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


I guess it's "nice" to hear of a climber dying of somewhat natural causes for a change.

So true. I was worried since there's nothing about the cause above the fold. Some of the greats are still around.

. for Kor. The Fisher Towers are insane.
posted by LionIndex at 2:01 PM on April 27, 2013


I guess it's "nice" to hear of a climber dying of somewhat natural causes for a change.

Absolutely. It's easy to forget how difficult striking new routes can be compared to established climbing.

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posted by a halcyon day at 3:11 PM on April 27, 2013


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posted by ruhroh at 7:17 PM on April 27, 2013


...prostrate cancer.
That seems unlikely, unless prostrate cancer is something you get from sleeping on your stomach.

...dying of somewhat natural causes for a change.
Gravity is a very natural cause of death for a rock climber.

Oh, and .
posted by Snowflake at 10:05 PM on April 27, 2013


Prostrate cancer laid him flat.

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posted by Floydd at 3:29 AM on April 28, 2013




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posted by Fizz at 5:14 AM on April 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


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